PLEASE NOTE: This project does not require that participants have previous performance, dance, or singing experience, but they must be willing to share their personal experiences on stage and in public. No memorization is involved in the performance. The script will be read on stage in English except for a potential song or poem in one’s own language.Not all people interviewed will be selected to participate in the final project. For those who are selected, not every experience shared in the interview process will be included in the final production.
YEAR EVENT1980 I am born in the Bronx, NY1984 My parents split and I am sent to live with my grandmother in Pennsylvania1990 I start taking dance lessons. Dance becomes a refuge for me.1994 My grandmother dies and I return to live with my mother1994 I get a scholarship to a summer dance program and leave home for the first time. It is freeing.1996 I fall in love for the first time.1998 I go to college to study dance. I don’t fit into the program’s view of a dancer. I drop out.2001 9/11 happens. My mom’s best friend is killed.2003 I am in a serious car accident. I struggle with depression.2005 I go back to school for dance education. I find my passion again.2007 My dad and I reconcile before his death.2012 I meet my life partner.
Also, if you grew up in a family or community where nicknames were common, please provide examples of names and their nicknames.